April 23, 2017, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Carroll talks about labor unions and whom and what they represent. Instead of protecting workers, some work environments have become hostile, particularly after workers complain or file a grievance. One worker even told Carroll the union would not call him back after he filed a grievance.
Carroll also talks about the homeless living on the streets of Iwilei, above a toxic dump of chemicals contaminating the ground they live on. The city talks about too many homeless, and tries to remove them, but there are more than one million pounds of a tar-like substance left over from the old GasCo and BHP operations in the 1980's that is not being cleaned up. The
company that was supposed to clean it up determined that it was too difficult to do so. The area is located in Iwilei near CostCo, Dole Cannery and Lowes. It has been noted the contamination may be up to 40 feet deep, and it is one of the most contaminated sites in Hawaii. There was even a mysterious explosion in the area in the 90's. Are the people safe? Is the groundwater safe? Instead of big projects, like the rail,
we need to clean up what we have in order to ensure a safe future for our keiki. We should all be concerned.
Carroll also talks about the old Kapaa Quarry dump, and leachate from the old dump going into the nearby marsh. And, what about all the old tires the city is burning as part of their normal operations? And, the many sewage spills? There are so many examples.
Earth Day is every day!
Carroll tells us about a 70-year-old lady who was in a rest room of the Queen's Health Care Centerr in Hawaii Kai when the office closed, leaving her locked in the building. Fortunately, she had a cell phone to call 911, but the situation could have been much worse.
Reminder - wash your greens and vegetables carefully